The new year is coming, and with it comes a host of resolutions that many people are hoping they can fulfill before the end of the year. One of the best ways to make changes in your life is to develop new helpful habits.
A sense of mindfulness will help you work through your problems more efficiently, build yourself up, and increase your chances of success well into the new year.
We are going to look at some mindful habits you can start applying to your everyday life, including your work life, to help you become more productive this year.
Identify where you can improve.
The first step to developing mindful habits is to break your bad habits. Think carefully about the things in your life you want to change. Are you trying to quit smoking? Do you want to try and buy a home? Are you looking to expand your business?
Whatever your dream, take some time to consider what you need to change in order to work toward these improvements. Psychology Today concluded that the first two steps to improving your life and changing bad habits are
1. Acknowledging that you want to change while convincing yourself that you're capable of changing
2. Gaining insight into what is causing the toxic habit
Once you are able to pinpoint areas of opportunity, you can start making proactive changes to live a happier, more productive year.
Focus on progress, not the end goal.
We've all heard people say that results are the only thing that matter, but that doesn't necessarily seem to be true anymore, at least as it relates to the human mind and the path for betterment. We all think about life in broad strokes, "One day I’m going to own my own house and have a million-dollar-a-year business."
Sounds promising, right?
The truth is, it's much more mindful to focus on the process as opposed to the end goal. Instead of being disappointed that you don't have enough money in your account to buy a house yet, be proud that you managed to save a healthy chunk of change and that you're closer to your goal than you were the year before.
Don't stress because your business isn't profiting a million dollars after the first year. Instead, acknowledge that you've made leaps and bounds, you've grown your business profits, and realize that this is something you should be proud of.
Learn to ease up on yourself.
We are our own worst enemy when it comes to critiquing ourselves.
The most important thing to remember is that there are things you can control, and there are things that you can't. Don't beat yourself up over things that you have absolutely no control over. Instead, focus proactively on the things in your life that you can change.
As you may have suspected, this leads back to your habits and how you measure your idea of success. Work toward your goals, and if you make a mistake, acknowledge it, learn from it, and take what you learned from your error with you on your journey.
The key to being mindful is self-awareness. We live in a fast-paced environment where things, people, and ideas can come and go in a matter of minutes, hours or days. Instead of dwelling on everything that goes wrong, shift your focus back to the positive.
At the end of the day, you are in charge of your own destiny. You're capable of making or breaking your new year. Do the right thing. Choose productive self-assessment and care. You deserve it.